Pennsylvania boasts some of the most scenic highways and byways in the nation, and has a long-standing reputation as a state with a thriving community of motorcycle enthusiasts. Many bikers attest that going for a motorcycle ride on a nice day can't be beat, and some choose to share the thrill by taking a passenger along for the ride. Unfortunately, passengers are at serious risk to become the victims of motorcycle accidents, particularly because their lives are in the hands of the driver.
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Motorcycle enthusiasts may find the scenic highways of Pennsylvania an optimum choice of location for their next excursion. Most conscientious riders understand that they must be proactive to improve safety and avoid motorcycle accidents. Although state highways are often beautiful, open roads, they can be heavily traffic-laden and quite hazardous for motorcyclists.
Pennsylvania is a state full of motorcycle enthusiasts. Motorcycles are a common sight on the roads that criss-cross the state, and for a biker, autumn can be one of the best times to enjoy a ride through the crisp air and beautiful foliage. Unfortunately, motorcycle accidents are a constant concern, and even if a rider is wearing a proper helmet, bikers are often killed if they are struck by a larger vehicle.
Pennsylvania ranks 4th in the nation on a list of states with the most motorcycle crashes. Motorcycle accidents have a much higher rate of serious injury or death than other types of motor vehicle accidents. Even if riders use proper safety procedures and wear a helmet, an accident can occur in the blink of an eye, especially on crowded highways.
Pennsylvania drivers are probably aware that when they take to the roads, they must take proper precautions to avoid causing a serious crash. Paying close attention to traffic and following laws can go a long way to prevent injuries and damage to vehicles. Unfortunately, when drivers choose to participate in illegal activity on the streets, there is an increased risk of fatal motorcycle accidents.
A mother's heart is broken, and a family is mourning the loss of their loved one. This devastating loss resulted from a drunk driving accident, and a family is forced to relive this nightmare each time they lobby state lawmakers for a bill to impose stiffer penalties for repeat offenders. In Pennsylvania and in every other state, fatal motorcycle accidents caused by drunk drivers will forever impact families.
A man who overcame multiple obstacles in his life -- including birth defects, cancer and a liver transplant -- was riding his motorcycle and enjoying his new lease on life. It was his favorite pastime, and it made his past medical problems and pain disappear as he rode for hours on end. In 2017, Cumberland County, Pennsylvania had six fatal motorcycle accidents, the highest number since 2005.
A summer approaches, more bikers take their motorcycles out on Pennsylvania roads. With all the aftermarket parts that are supplied to motorcycle enthusiasts, bright lights and a loud exhaust still cannot prevent all motorcycle accidents. Automobile and truck drivers often express caution and watch for bikers, but the distractions of today's technology like cellphones and in-vehicle electronic devices can add to the fact that sometimes the surroundings can make it difficult to spot a motorcycle. Failure to see or allowing distraction while behind the wheel can lead to devastating consequences.
Proper licensing, car insurance and safe road-worthy vehicles are a necessity in making sure that every Pennsylvania driver is covered while operating an automobile. Getting behind the wheel without the proper legal necessities in place or while under the influence of illegal substances or alcohol can put the lives of other motorists in grave danger. One Philadelphia family has recently experienced an unfortunate circumstance after a motorcycle accident took the life of a young child and seriously injured the driver.
As the weather warms up, many motorcyclists are taking to the streets to enjoy the nice weather. Since bikers have little protection between themselves, the road, the elements and other vehicles, it is imperative that all motorists share the road to help avoid incidents. Recently, a Pennsylvania man lost his life in a motorcycle accident when he struck an SUV.